The start and finish locations from 2019 are being used again in 2020, but the direction is reverting back to the traditional west to east format. The start will again be during the final weekend of July, but it has not confirmed whether it will be on Friday evening, July 24th or Saturday monring, July 25th, 2020.
The total distance is expected to be similar to the longest ever TCR in 2015 of about 4,200 km. However, the amount of climbing is significantly more than in 2015 at over 40,000 m, so this may be the hardest route yet, or at least take longer to ride than any other.
The finish party has been announced as Saturday evening, August 8th, which is the end of Day 15. It will therefore probably be an even bigger challenge for people to arrive before the finish party this year than it was in previous years.
The 4 control points are as follows, which are all marked on the map below.
- CP1: Roubaix, France. The parcours includes some of the classic secteurs of incredibly rough, cobbled farm roads in northern France that are used in the Paris-Roubaix professional bike race every Spring.
- CP2: Grosser Speikkogel, Austria. The parcours involves one of the hardest paved climbs in the Alps with an average gradient of around 11% for at least 10 km. There is then a traverse on a gravel road along the ridge.
- CP3: Durmitor massif, Montenegro. CP3 re-visits this stunning National Park in remembrance of the race’s founder Mike Hall because he chose it as CP4 for TCR No4, 2016. Racers will pass through the dramatic Tara river gorge and then climb over the remote, high mountains on a minor paved road.
- CP4: Transalpina, Romania. Visiting a high pass in Romania’s Carpathian mountains for the second time (the Transfagarasan Pass featured in TCR No5, 2017). This time it is the Transalpina road that will be used, but the parcours will actually focus on a lengthy gravel/unpaved side-road.
It has not yet been announced whether there will be an obligatory start or finish parcours, but both are likely based on recent race editions.
Announcement & Applications
Rough details of the race were announced at the launch event at Look Mum No Hands in London, UK on 23rd November, 2019. Registration opens for two weeks starting on 25th November, 2019. The current champion Fiona Kolbinger has stated that she plans to race again in 2020.
Around 300 starting places are normally available, but many more applications than that are received. This post about the TCR No. 4 application process describes some of the factors that are used to deliberately select certain applicants and then a lottery is used to select from the rest of the valid applications. The process is also addressed on the TCR’s FAQ page. Applicants are typically informed in January whether they have been awarded a place.
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